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  • 29. Take a good look!

  • ...  as this is the last time you will see it like this. Yes, this is it, folks. The hull gets fibreglassed this weekend. The whole thig is sanded and faired to within a millimetre of it's life and I think looks pretty good. All edges softened and the waterline will go on tomorrow before Mark gets t[...]
  • 28. Hull covered

  • Well, the good news of the week is that the hull is finally covered with sapele. The last bit took 24 clamps and a lot of patience to get right. I am really pleased with it, a big psychological breakthrough.  Now I have the unenviable task of fairing and 'longboarding' the whole hull for fibr[...]
  • 27. It's been a while

  • Time has been taken up with 'extracurricular' events but I have now been back in the studio for a few days and I am nearly finished with the bottom and sides covering with sapele.  And I hope you agree that it is looking quite good. I have shaped up the 'barrel' end  which is almost identical one si[...]
  • 26. Just some updates.

  • I have been trying to get the boat to the point where it can be fibreglassed and turned over. I would have liked to have turned it over before I left for the annual NZ trip but  .... Below are pictures of the finished engine/gearbox mounts. 10mm mild steel, I think it should cope!  They will be f[...]
  • 24. Return to New Zealand, but first ...

  • It seems an age since I have written on the blog, but that is not because there is nothing to report. No no no. On the woodwork side, the bottom is now completely covered in mahogany (sapele) and looks excellent. Of course that is the bit that you will never see as it is (a) underneath the boat a[...]
  • 23. Back to work.

  • Well, it has been an eventful summer, taken over for a few weeks by the rebuild of our bathroom at home, as mentioned in the last post. Well, it is now complete and looks very good and is a more workable size having been reduced from 8.2 metres to a more sensible 4 metres!   We also took a week off [...]
  • 22. Lots happening.

  • This has been a couple of very busy weeks. We are about to undergo a new bathroom at home so I have tried to spend a lot of time at the studio. The important news is that the engine arrives within two weeks. I have built a rig where we can set it up with its drive train and fully test it before i[...]
  • 21. Someting to say.

  • At last I have something to say so here is an update. I seems that I have not done very much but, I have finished (but for a corner or two) the second layer of ply to the sides, and I have started the second layer to the bottom, and I have sourced a gearbox on Ebay which I had to get from Anglese[...]
  • 20. 2016 Time to get a wiggle on!

  • We arrived back in the UK at the end of March and I, being re-inspired, went straight up to the studio. The first thing to do was lift the boat off the ground. At 67 I find the bending and stretching difficult, not to mention the scrabbling around on the ground and trying to sand or cut a bit.  S[...]
  • 19. Taking a break in New Zealand

  • Every year my wife and I avoid the UK winter and go to our house in Waiheke Island, New Zealand. We stay usually for 3-4 months before venturing back to the cooler UK spring. It is beautiful here, about 22-32 degrees Celsius and we relax on our deck or on out Haines Hunter 535 fizz boat. Whil[...]
  • 18. Taking shape

  • As the title says the GreyFalcon is taking shape, albeit a bit slowly. I have had a lot of distractions over the last couple of weeks. I had to stop everything to make a new gate for my house in Oxford and I had to have a huge tree chopped down, all these things take time. Unfortunately it will not [...]